Climate Change

Seaweed researchers find bright future for underwater crop

Key points:

  • Scientists are working to scale up seaweed production in Australia
  • Seaweed can be used as food for humans and animals
  • Scientists say it has the potential to address a variety of environmental and climate change challenges

University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Science PhD candidate Scott Spillias's study found expanding seaweed farming could help reduce demand for terrestrial crops.

Everyday People: Lydia Nenai

Originally from Rigo District in Central Province, Lydia’s interest in climate change started when she joined UNDP in 2012.

She saw first-hand the challenges of identifying different climate change impacts and solutions for different communities and regions.

She applied for an Australia Award on impulse when she was working with the PNG Climate Change Authority, with the full support of her employer.

Australia and PNG leading region’s Climate Change action

Anthony Albanese, while addressing the PNG parliament, added that our Pacific neighbours are counting on PNG and Australia to support international co-operation to show leadership and to take action.

He said, “There is not a moment to waste. It is up to our generation to protect the precious and unique natural environment of our rainforests, reefs and coasts. To build – and plan – our infrastructure so our communities are more resilient and better prepared for natural disasters.”

Northern launches disaster strategy

In its efforts to build resilience to disasters, the Northern Provincial Administration, through the Northern Provincial Disaster Centre, continues to work in partnership with the National Disaster Centre, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and partners, to implement disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives.

Such initiatives include disaster awareness, drills, and community-based disaster risk management planning and implementation.

‘Draw on nature-based solutions’

Home to lush tropical rainforests, magnificent mountains and pristine islands and seas, PNG is one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, accounting for about five percent of global biodiversity.

Climate change and unsustainable growth threaten these natural assets, ones that the people of Papua New Guinea have enjoyed for thousands of years.

Sipora Naraga, a resident of Aromot Island, an atoll off the coast of Umbol Island in the Vitiaz Strait of Morobe Province, laments about what has come to pass.

Oceans vital for future generation

Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko, highlighted this during the meeting with Ministers at the 4th AIS Forum Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Tkatchenko shared at the Forum that oceans play an important role.

“PNG therefore fully supports the theme for the 4th AIS Ministerial Forum to elevate collaboration to achieve sustainable and healthy oceans. Oceans and islands are an integral part of our countries, our oceans are key to our livelihood, our economies, our cultural heritage and environment.

Santos wins industry award

“We are very proud to accept this Award and appreciate the industry recognition of our efforts in making a significant contribution to the Environment and Climate Change,” said Tau Homoka, Santos Vice President for Special Projects when accepting the Award in Sydney at the 16th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference & Exhibition Dinner on Monday, 5 December.  

Safe drinking water for Markham

Natural hazards such as drought and the effects of climate change have caused challenges related to water and food insecurity in many rural communities in the province.

Internally Displaced Persons’ community in Ward 13 of Markham District now have access to safe and clean drinking water following the rehabilitation of boreholes in their community.

Climate Change Impacts Aroma Coastline

Villagers in Waro, Iruone, Kelekapana and Vuru have started responding to the issue, by building seawalls. They began recognising a great change to the sea levels in 2018.

The villagers said, the sea level rise has eaten away the coastline at least 10 metres in. Homes situated in close proximity to the sea, are concerned about the impacts on their livelihoods.

According to the Green Climate Fund 2019, over the last 100 years the global climate has warmed by approximately 0.74°C and is expected to rise a further 1.3 to 1.8°C by the end of the century.

Officials Trained In Disaster Management

This follows training on the use of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Hela, Southern Highlands, Jiwaka and Western Highlands.

Delivered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mendi town, the training was attended by 20 men and nine women from the provincial administration, district and local government offices, partners and local volunteers.

The training focused on field data collection and developing information products that better inform planning and evidence-based responses to the multi-sectoral needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).